The goal of the Kao-Kniffin Lab is to understand the functional role of rhizosphere microbiomes in modifying plant traits. The rhizosphere harbors a tremendous diversity of soil microorganisms that enhance or inhibit plant growth. We are applying concepts in ecology and evolution to assemble microbiomes across generations that collectively modulate plant traits or ecosystem function.
Title: Associate Professor
Department: School of Integrated Plant Science
Roles: Faculty Investigator
Research Areas: Agriculture Research, Bacteria, Fungi, Microbiota and Microbiomes, Plant Hosts